Palace sack De Boer, replaced by Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson returned to soccer management for the first time since leaving his job as England coach a year ago, taking over at Premier League struggler Crystal Palace on Tuesday as a replacement for the fired Frank de Boer.

Former England manager Hodgson, who was born in Croydon and was on Palace's books without breaking through into the first team, admits work needs to be done to lift them off the bottom of the table.

The 70-year-old last worked in the English Premier League with West Brom in 2012 before leaving to become England manager. He told the official Palace website: "This is very much the club of my boyhood, and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories".

But Hodgson, the oldest manager appointed to a Premier League position, insisted the Eagles could bounce back from their woeful start to the season and remain in the Premier League.

He told Jim White: "The pressure has always been there and it'll only get stronger".


"I think we've got a lot of work to do before I will feel confident that every player fully understands with his role what I'm looking for and what I want him to do".

But his time in charge of England ended with a shock defeat by outsiders Iceland that saw the team knocked out of Euro 2016.

One of the key negotiating points for Hodgson in taking the job was that he could bring his former England and Fulham No2 Ray Lewington into Selhurst with him.

"I didn't want to end (my career) on a bad result, but I think the 56 games and the seven defeats is not so bad", he said.

Palace have claimed the unwanted title of becoming the first top flight side in 93 years to lose their first four games without scoring and face back-to-back trips against the two Manchester sides and a home game against Chelsea, after this weekend's clash against the Saints. "Good luck for the future", he said.

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